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Lutheran West 11, Black River 1
By Mark Fenske  | staff
Thursday, April 19, 2018   |  box score

ROCKY RIVER --  It took eight games, but the Longhorns are finally playing the way expectations were set out at the beginning of the year. The pitching has always been there, but the defense and the offense has been missing.  Yesterday, it all came together.

Junior John Smolik (W, 2-0) was absolutely dealing on the mound for Lutheran West.  Smolik allowed only three hits—two of them back to back bloop jobs that barely made it out of the infield in the hole between first and second base.  Unfortunately, those two flares were followed by a line drive single that scored Black River’s lone run.

It didn’t matter, however, as Lutheran West’s bats came alive. The Longhorns wrapped out 10 hits—three for extra bases—and had five different players knock in RBIs. Nine different Longhorns scored runs in the game.  Senior Owen Albers had two hits including a double, stole three bases—including home, and collected four RBIs.  Senior Michael Berghaus had a double and a pair of walks.  Senior Rory Zakareckis had a pair of RBIs, a pair of steals, and a double.  Smolik and junior Jake Albrecht each collected two hits.  Sophomore Tyler Robinson joined the hit parade with a single and RBI as well.

Defensively, Lutheran West did not commit an error. Senior first baseman Alex Gavlak had a nice scoop of a low throw in the second. Senior Jeremy Geye threw out a runner trying to steal in the second. And West turned an unorthodox 1-5-3 double play in the fourth when, with runners on first and second and no outs, Smolik fielded a comebacker at the mound, threw to Albers at third for the force who then threw to Gavlak at first to double up the batter.

West looks to keep things rolling tonight when they host Brooklyn at 5pm.
Tue 3/27/18
L, 15-4
Wed 3/28/18
L, 10-2
Tue 4/10/18
W, 10-6
Wed 4/11/18
L, 11-1
Thu 4/12/18
W, 12-2
Fri 4/13/18
L, 3-2
Sat 4/14/18
W, 7-2
Thu 4/19/18
W, 11-1
Fri 4/20/18
W, 15-2
Mon 4/23/18
W, 9-7
Tue 4/24/18
W, 11-1
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